PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced tax relief package in order to mitigate the adverse impact of coronavirus.
Key points of the tax incentives to be granted during the next fiscal year.
i. Sales tax on services (STS) will be reduced for over 27 categories. This will be an allencompassing reduction for sectors where the economic activity has dampened and directly impacted cash flow and liquidity. These sectors include business support services, construction sector, oil and gas exploratory services, hospitality sector, bargain centers etc.
ii. Entertainment and Hotel Tax will be removed from Excise and Taxation department’s portfolio, to encourage recreation and entertainment during these testing times for the economy.
iii. Professional Tax will be phased out to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority dovetailed with tax breaks and concessions for a year to remove duplicity of taxes and provide relief for more than 15 professions involved including Doctors, Lawyers, Retailers etc.
iv. To promote and incentivize the tourism sector, a special concession will be introduced for the hotels and restaurants located in hilly areas. Coupled with a reduced rate, a clause of tax hypothecation will be included to ensure that the tax collected from this sector is invested into the same regions’ growth and prosperity.
v. Rates for the Urban Immovable Property Tax will be rationalized, and compliant taxpayers will be offered a rebate of 35%. This is directly intended to promote compliance, provide direct relief, encourage construction and comfort the taxpayers during this economic slump.
vi. Urban Immovable Property Tax under the Excise and Taxation Department will be introducing special discounts or pending arrears. Under this scheme, special concessions will be introduced for those who volunteer to clear arrears, intention is to lend a helping hand to the construction sector during this liquidity crises.
vii. Board of Revenue will reduce both Capital Value Tax and Stamp duty for the construction sector, under the Federal Amnesty Scheme. This concession will be amalgamated with a complete digitization of the system with reduced discrepancies.